It’s believed he actually lost it in a sword fight with his famous rival painter pal Paul Gauguin. The two didn’t get along very well after, although Van Gogh honored their ‘pact of silence’ to protect his friend.
2. “Chameleons change color in order to camouflage themselves.” No, sir.
The influence of gravity is certainly a lot weaker in space than in gravity, but it’s still active alright. It keeps the moon in orbit. So when you see objects floating, they’re actually just falling very slowly.
9. “Thomas Edison came up with the light bulb.” Nope, ThomEd did not.
The thirteen stripes of the flag are supposed to stand for the 13 colonies. But actually, there were only 12. This is because Delaware wasn’t officially a colony. It was under the pull of Maryland and Pennsylvania at intervals. But it had a good name: “the phantom state.” Nice.
11. “Ben Franklin discovered electricity when he was flying his kite.” No dice.
You know the old fable: that he was flying his kite with a metal key attached. Lightning got at the kite, passing along into the key. Historians say that’s baloney and that BenFrank would have been fried if it were true. Shucks.
12. “Thanksgiving is the celebration of Native Americans and Pilgrims breaking bread.” Honestly, this is laughable.
This old one started because blood looks blue in the veins under the skin. In reality, this is because our eyes trick us. The light bounces off our skin and into our eyes. Blood is red as a Republican.